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February 16, 2013

Paying for Beauty School

Attending university, trade school or earning any other degree or license can be expensive. Schools that teach cosmetology, hair styling and other beauty fields are no exception. There are beauty school grants available to help you pay for your training, though.

Understanding Beauty School Grants and Payment

In most cases, you apply for grants through the school you are hoping to attend. There is an application and sometimes an interview. The grants are typically awarded to the person with the most financial need although other factors may be considered as well, depending on the grant. Avalon is known as the top cosmetology school in Arizona and Utah. Avalon offers students financial aid as well as access to government grants and scholarships from outside sponsors.

It is important to note that many cosmetology programs fill quickly and have waiting lists. This means that even if you think you qualify for a grant you may have to wait to apply.

Government Beauty School Grants

The U.S. Department of Education offers several types of financial aid for students who are working toward finishing their education. Not all beauty school coursework will qualify for every grant or loan, but many are eligible. Even qualifying for a grant or loan that covers a part of your education can be helpful in making it more affordable.

  • Pell Grants are the most well-known government grants for higher education. They are awarded based entirely on financial need, and no repayment is required. The award typically will not cover the entire cost of attending school.
  • The government also offers federal student loan programs. These include the Stafford, Perkins and PLUS loans. These are low-interest loans that allow students to borrow money to attend beauty school or other institutes of continued learning.

Other Beauty School Grants

If you do not qualify for a government grant or you still need help paying for the rest of your beauty school education, there are private sector foundations, businesses and associations that offer funding. These grants are typically aimed at those in cosmetology or related fields. The financial aid office at your school can provide you with a full list.

  • The American Cosmetology Education Grant is awarded each year, and is funded by the American Association of Cosmetology Schools. They receive support from corporate sponsors for these grants, so the number and their dollar amount may vary.
  • The Oregon Student Assistance Commission offers a Cosmetology Grant program for students from the state of Oregon. This grant requires students attend a qualified school for a minimum of nine months.

Paying for cosmetology school can be tough in today’s economy. With the help of grants, scholarships, loans and other financial aid, it is possible, though. If you are interested in finding out more about the options for funding your education at Avalon, contact us today.

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